Motorcycle star Davy Morgan dies in Isle of Man TT

Advertisement

Saintfield racer is third fatality at Isle of Man TT after Mark Purslow and Olivier Lavorel

Northern Ireland rider Davy Morgan is the third fatality at this year’s Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races after falling at the 27th milestone.

Advertisement

The crash occurred on the third and final lap of Monday’s morning event (June 6, 2022).

Register to our World of Sport newsletter

A statement from race organizers confirmed Morgan’s death “with a heavy heart” and said: “The Isle of Man TT Races extend their deepest condolences to Davy’s partner Trudy, his family, loved ones and friends.”

Advertisement

The Isle of Man TT is often cited as one of the most dangerous racing events in the world, with many of its participants suffering fatal injuries.

At this year’s tournament, Welsh driver Mark Purslow died in a training accident last week, while sidecar co-driver Olivier Lavorel suffered fatal injuries following a crash on Saturday (4 June).

Advertisement

Who was Davy Morgan?

Morgan, 52, was a very experienced driver and a regular guest at many racing camps in Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Macau Grand Prix.

Advertisement

His first race was at the Bishopscourt Short Circuit in 1993, but Morgan’s main focus was racing on public roads.

One of his greatest achievements of his career came in 2005 when he won the 250 class at the North West 200 and two wins in the same class at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2012 and 2017.

Advertisement

Morgan was primarily known with two-stroke motorcycles, but he also found success on larger displacement 600c and Superbike machines.

The 52-year-old won the 2004 Snior Manx Grand Prix and has enjoyed success at numerous Irish road circuits and the Isle of Man’s Southerm 100.

Advertisement

Morgan made his 80th TT start since his debut in 2002 when he suffered the fatal accident. His TT career included a seventh place finish at the 2006 Senior TT and a career-best fifth place finish at the 2008 Lightweight TT.

The Saintfield racer recorded 49 finishes, including 25 top 20 finishes, and his past performances earned him 14 silver replicas and 30 bronze replicas.

Advertisement

Davy Morgan was also the 2011 Ulster 250cc Champion.

What is the Isle of Man TT?

Advertisement

The Isle of Man TT started on Sunday 29th May 2022 and will end on Friday 10th June 2022.

The small self-governing nation hosts one of the largest road races each year, where racers compete on the “Mountain Course” — a 37.73-mile course carved out of the island’s public roads.

Advertisement

It only took place in 1907 and has seen 101 races to date, with Joey Dunlop being its most successful competitor with 26 wins between 1977 and 2000.

There were also 257 fatalities in the Tourist Trophy.

Advertisement